A wristband that punishes you.
So here’s something new.
We all know Mr Pavlov and his conditioning experiments, where eventually the dogs in the experiment not only to salivated when they tasted meat powder, but salivated to the sound of a ringing bell. Now you can do the same conditioning to yourself, without the help of someone else. Although rather unpleasant, a bracelet named “Pavlok”may help you to get rid of some or all of your unpleasant habits.
To start with, you will have to tell Pavlok what exactly you want to change. Whether you want to go to the gym more often, visit certain websites less or even sleep less: The bracelet then measures these habits by tracking your location to make sure you’re at your gym, using a Chrome plugin to make sure you don’t visit certain websites and by tracking movements in order to make sure you’re awake. And these are just a few examples of its use. According to the founders, Pavlok then gives you small electronic shocks every time you fail to behave according to these predetermined goals. These can range from annoying to painful, depending on personal preferences and pain thresholds.
Therefore, as opposed to other bracelets, Pavlok does not at all measure your habits, your sleep or your movements. Instead of giving you the opportunity to change your habits and improve your lifestyle it controls them by punishing you with electroshocks or even small payments to be made whenever you fail to comply. As soon as you start complying, instead of being punished through negative enforcement, the positive enforcement phase starts and you can even win little prizes.
Similar to some of the critics you may now say “We’re not dogs! And we can just take the bracelet off!”. But will we really take them off? Or will we develop a need to “win” against the bracelet that can make us change our habits? Can we let this little device take control over our lives in this way or will we overpower it by ignoring the little shocks and finding new ways to cheat our ways through?
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